Revised celebrations for festival

By Adrienne Hartnett

Celebrations for Tom Roberts’ iconic ‘Shearing the Rams’ will look drastically different this October as the current pandemic continues to cause major disruptions to local events. 

Australian artist Tom Roberts came to Corowa in 1888 at the invitation of Alexander Anderson, owner of Brocklesby Station.

He drew inspiration for what became his iconic painting during this visit and returned the following year to complete the artwork using locals as models. Many of the descendants from the painting are still living in the Corowa region. 

While 130th celebrations of the painting won’t go ahead in the original format, president of the Corowa District Historical Society (CDHS) Lesley New is reminding locals that some events can be attended to by the public.  

“As many will be aware the CDHS has been planning to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the iconic Australian painting ‘Shearing the Rams’,” Ms New said.

“For obvious reasons we are not able to have the planned blade shearing demonstrations, address by art historian, ‘spot the sheep in Sanger Street’ or the Saturday evening concert. 

“However, all is not lost. Some sheep will be appearing in Sanger Street on Saturday, October 3 around 2.00pm. The historical society has also commissioned an artist to produce her impression of Tom Roberts’ painting,” she said. 

The mural will be unveiled on the building wall at the rear of the Museum fronting Sanger Street. 

“Members of the public are invited to come along and witness this event. You will need to register online if you intend to come along - being COVID safe and all that,” Ms New said. 

“You will be very welcome, and you will be witnessing history in Sanger Street.”

The Woolshed Golf Classic at the Corowa Golf Club will also be going ahead on Sunday, October 4, as part of the 130th celebrations. 

The individual stableford event is open to men, women and juniors with major prizes to be won including the $500 hole-in-one ‘Golden Stencil’ sponsored by Michel Wool Pty Ltd. 

Entry to the golf classic can be made online on the golf club website or by contacting the Corowa Pro Shop.